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Neuroscience Club

We are a student-led academic organization that allows students to explore the interdisciplinary field of Neuroscience while making connections with their peers and leaders in the field. We invite guest researchers to share their research with members, hold events that encourage camaraderie among neuroscience students, and participate in events that bring science to the community. We participate in activities such as:

  • Virginia Science Festival- A festival where we use various demonstrations to engage adults and children in basic fundamentals of neuroscience. Demonstrations include spiker boxes to measure action potentials while arm wrestling and a tea tasting that blocks sweet receptors.
  • STEMposium - An event that demonstrates exciting concepts in neuroscience to young children in an effort to foster interest in STEM fields. 
  • Big Event - This a campus wide event where organizations sign up to participate in one huge volunteer activity. As a club we are assigned a specific volunteer activity in order to give back to the community.
  • Walk to End Alzheimer Disease - The walk usually takes place in the Fall of every semester and is meant to raise awareness and funds to find a cure for Alzheimer. 
  • Group Study Sessions - The vice president and the web officer host group study sessions to encourage underclassmen to work and collaborate together in the intro to neuroscience classes.

During our general meetings we bring professors, researchers, and clinicians from different fields of neuroscience to expose our members to the fascinating research being conducted on campus. Guest Speakers who have attended in previous semesters include:

  • Harald Sontheimer - Professor of School of Neuroscience 
  • Michael Scott - Assistant Professor of Pharmacology at University of Virginia Medical School
  • Sheryl Ball - Assistant Professor of Neuroeconomics at Virginia Tech
  • Michael Fox - Director of School of Neuroscience 
  • Mark Witcher - Neurosurgeon, Carilion Medical Center

We also help students to get a glimpse into what medical school and graduate school will be like by bringing in representatives and current students. These include panel Q&A's and workshops. The club is opening to any undergraduate student who is interested in the club and you do not have to be a neuroscience major in order to join the club. 

Officers of Neuroscience Club

Title Name Contact
President Cori Whisman
Vice President  Devika Shula
Secretary Ananya Dode
Treasurer Netra Sivanandan
Social/Events Chair  Katrina Knapik
Advisor Kristin Phillips

For additional information about coming activities and events check Neurosicence Club at GobblerConnect